Minority Rights Group International
Minority Rights Group International campaigns worldwide with around 130 partners in over 60 countries to ensure that disadvantaged minorities and indigenous peoples, often the poorest of the poor, can make their voices heard. Through training and education, legal cases, publications and the media, they support minority and indigenous people as they strive to maintain their rights to the land they live on, the languages they speak, to equal opportunities in education and employment, and to full participation in public life.
The organization understands how discrimination based on age, class, gender and disability can have a multiple impact on disadvantaged minorities, and our campaigns target governments and communities to eradicate such attitudes.
Minority Rights Group International has over 40 years experience of working with non-dominant ethnic, religious and linguistic communities and we bring a long term view of these issues to bear in all the work they do.
They work with minorities as diverse as the Batwa in Central Africa, Roma in Europe, Christians in Iraq and Dalits in India and Nepal to name but a few.
MRG is an international non-governmental organization (NGO) with an international governing Council that meets twice a year. We have consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and observer status with the African Commission for Human and Peoples’ Rights.
They work with minority communities through our many and varied programmes, providing education andtraining to enable them to claim their rightful place in society. They carry out media and advocacy work and lobby governments and the United Nations alongside and on behalf of minorities.
They produce authoritative publications that are widely valued by academics and journalists, while their pioneering legal cases work is advancing the protection of minorities under international law.
Their work, and the evaluation of our efforts, offers overwhelming evidence that the inclusion of minority communities leads to stronger, more cohesive societies. They believe it is clear that exclusion can result in instability, conflict, and in the most extreme cases, genocide. They have worked with over 150 partners across 60 countries for more than 40 years to promote peaceful coexistence and sustainable social change.
Their programmes work with local peoples on capacity building, advocacy, education and poverty reduction processes. They are aimed at empowerment for minorities, who often lack access to political participation and decision-making processes and frequently have damaging development policies imposed upon them. These minorities may also be discriminated against in education, employment, health care, housing and land rights.
Their programmes focus on building understanding and action around international legal standards, as well as helping communities advocate for their own rights at a national, regional and international level.See more